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Ebbsfleet United boss Garry Hill on reports linking Corey Whitely with a move to Leyton Orient

By Steve Tervet

Manager Garry Hill insists Ebbsfleet United are not under pressure to sell Corey Whitely.

Whitely is attracting interest from several clubs with Leyton Orient reportedly leading the chase for his signature.

But Fleet haven't received any formal offers for the forward who joined from Dagenham & Redbridge last February.

Corey Whitely has scored seven goals for Ebbsfleet this season Picture: Andy Jones
Corey Whitely has scored seven goals for Ebbsfleet this season Picture: Andy Jones

Hill said: "As far as I’m aware, Martin Ling rang up from Orient and made an enquiry to (Ebbsfleet managing director) Dave Archer.

"He was informed to put that offer in writing and I was made aware that was going to be done but that’s not been received.

"That’s not a problem to me. We’re not under pressure to sell Corey Whitely.

"There are one or two tentative enquiries from other clubs but Corey’s happy at the football club in every way or form.

"He is ambitious and it’s the same with any other player; you always take a view of the numbers."

Last week Dave Archer confirmed Ebbsfleet were expecting offers for their players this month but insisted they would only sell at the right price.

Hill also spoke about the dramatic end to Saturday's game at Chesterfield which ended in a 3-3 draw.

Fleet conceded a 96th-minute equaliser having led 3-0 at half-time and home fans invaded the pitch with one standing over goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore as he lay in the goalmouth.

Tensions were already running high as Fleet tried to cling on at 3-2 and Will Evans' header was the spark for things to boil over.

Evans then went in goal when keeper Callum Burton was sent off in the eighth minute of stoppage-time for knocking Michael Cheek to the floor.

Regular penalty taker Danny Kedwell was on the pitch, having come off the bench, but Cheek took the spot-kick and Evans made the save.

"It was a very strange ending to the game," said Hill, who declined to speak to the media at the Proact Stadium.

"There was so much that happened from the 84th to the 99th minute and it was too quick after the game to be able to take all that in, assess it and make comments.

"Emotions were high, which is understandable, for different reasons.

"I don’t think one or two things were helping us. I understand totally that if there’s time-wasting, the referee’s going to take that into consideration and I don’t think we helped ourselves.

"At 3-3, it’s mixed emotions because you’ve won the game, got pegged back and then you’ve got a chance to win the game with the last kick.

"They’ve had their goalkeeper removed, got an outfield player in goal and the percentages are very high that you go on and win it.

"But I have no problem with Michael Cheek taking the penalty. I have no problem with Michael Cheek missing the penalty.

"He took one earlier in the game and scored it, he took one in the previous game at Braintree and scored it, he took responsibility and it wasn’t to be.

"We’re aware of events that have gone on (the pitch invasion).

"I’m not in a position to make any statements regarding events because there’s an investigation going on with the police and the FA but all I would say to that is that at any level of football, as a manager and a club, you always want your own players’ safety protected.

"That’s all I can say on that situation."

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